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Civilians Flee Syria’s Aleppo as Battle for Manbij Continues

VOA News - Carla Babb PENTAGON—Syrian state media report dozens of families have been fleeing the besieged city Aleppo after government forces opened a humanitarian corridor. The city had been sealed off for weeks as Syrian forces bombarded the city. officials and aid groups have demanded the Syrian government open routes to the city for aid deliveries, warning the estimated 300,000 people there are facing dire food shortages. Meanwhile the coalition battling Islamic State forces has reported more airstrikes on a key city outside Aleppo, where militants have been fighting to retain control of the city center. The military reported…
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Video Purports to Show Men Who Attacked French Catholic Priest

VOA News Last updated on: July 27, 2016 4:31 PM The jihadist group Islamic State has released a video showing the two men accused of killing a Catholic priest at a church in northwestern France holding an IS banner and pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The video was posted by a news agency associated with Islamic State. In it, one of the men is reciting in Arabic a traditional pledge of allegiance to Baghdadi. Earlier Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande met with religious leaders in an attempt to assuage fears after this latest in a string of…
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Doctor Shot Dead by Patient in German Hospital

VOA News German authorities said that a patient shot dead a doctor and killed himself at a university hospital in a southwestern neighborhood of Berlin Tuesday. Police had initially said that the doctor had received life-threatening injuries and was in intensive care. The shots were fired Tuesday around 1 PM local time at Benjamin-Franklin Hospital in the Steglitz district, police said. Police said there was no indication of a “terrorist background” to Tuesday’s attack. A series of attacks has rocked southern Germany in the past week. In this grab taken from video, police arrest a man in Reutilingen, Germany, July…
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Suspected Syrian Suicide Bomber Kills 10 in Historic Istanbul Square

A suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district Tuesday left at least 10 people dead and 15 wounded, two in critical condition. Speaking to reporters in Ankara after an emergency security meeting, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that the suspected suicide bomber had been identified as a Syrian national born in 1988, and his possible links with Islamic State were being investigated. Kurtulmus said that most of the people killed were foreigners. He expressed condolences for those who lost their lives and said that Turkish officials will visit the wounded at hospitals immediately after arriving in Istanbul. "We…
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US News

Suspect Arrested after Philadelphia Policeman Shot in Name of IS

VOA News Last updated on: January 08, 2016 A gunman claiming to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group ambushed a police officer Thursday as he sat in his marked car in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, firing multiple times at the officer. According to authorities, the officer, who was struck three times in the left arm, managed to fire back and hit the 30-year-old assailant, who ran off but was later apprehended. The stricken police officer is identified as 33-year-old Jesse Hartnett. He is expected to survive but will require multiple surgeries, police said Friday. There was no immediate word…
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US Drone Strike Kills at Least 17 IS Militants in Afghanistan

SLAMABAD—A suspected US drone strike Friday killed at least 17 Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan shortly after the extremist group beheaded seven people in the same area, said officials and residents. The violence occurred in the remote Achin district of Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan. The volatile district is where IS is believed to have setup its strong bases. Ataullah Khogyani, a provincial governor spokesman, told VOA that six Taliban insurgents were among those beheaded by Daesh, the Arabic acronym for IS. He added that while the executions were being carried out missiles fired by an unmanned US aircraft…
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Iraqi Forces Raise Flag Over Ramadi Government Complex

VOA News Last updated on: December 28, 2015 Military officials in Iraq say they have raised the national flag over the main government compound in Ramadi, seven months after Islamic State militants captured the capital of Anbar province. Iraqi military leaders, however, conflict in their assessments of success in the western city. Brigadier General Yahya Rasool announced on state television Monday that Ramadi had been "liberated." However, the head of military operations in Anbar, General Ismail al-Mahlawi, said parts of the city remain under IS control. Backed by coalition airstrikes, Iraqi forces pushed into the city last week. There have…
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Politics

Trump, Clinton Trade Attacks From Top of Polls

VOA News Democrats and Republicans have yet to choose their official candidates for next year's presidential election, but that has not stopped front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from attacking each other. Monday began with Trump calling Clinton a liar and demanding she apologize for her claim during Saturday's Democratic debate that Islamic State militants are using videos of his comments as a recruiting tool.  Her campaign later said they were not aware of a specific video, but that Trump's comments about Muslims are helping jihadists. A Clinton spokesman, speaking to CNN, put the response to Trump simply: "Hell no."…
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British PM Refuses to Comment on ‘Jihadi John’ Identity

British Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to confirm the identity of "Jihadi John," the Islamic State militant who has been identified in news reports as a computer programmer from West London. Cameron said he could not comment on any specific cases, but insisted Britain is doing all it can to deal with security threats, when asked Friday if he would confirm the militant was in fact the Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi. "When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can - with the police, with the…
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SITE: IS Says US Hostage Killed in Jordanian Strike

Islamic State militants claim a Jordanian airstrike has killed an American aid worker the insurgent group has been holding, the SITE intelligence group reported Friday. The White House said it could not confirm the claim. "We are obviously deeply concerned by these reports," said Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, in a statement. "We have not at this time seen any evidence that corroborates ISIL's claim." State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department has acknowledged there are Americans being held overseas, including by the Islamic State, but said she could not get into any…
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